Dr Hudson delivers the state address of the Cedar Hill District ISD

Photo courtesy of Cedar Hill ISD.

(CEDAR HILL, TX) Cedar Hill Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Gerald Hudson delivered the Cedar Hill ISD State Address last Thursday at the JoLynn Maddox Teaching and Learning Center.

The Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event which featured a lunch prepared by Culinary Arts Fellows from Cedar Hill High School. The Cedar Hill High School Jazz Band also performed.

Hudson, originally from Dallas, was hired as the superintendent of CHISD in July 2019 after working as a superintendent at Jasper ISD.

He noted that about three-quarters of his time at CHISD was during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We had to do it together as a community, as a school district and as a city,” said Hudson. “And we have to keep working on this as a group. “

Overcome the challenges of COVID-19

The pandemic presented a number of challenges, which the district addressed directly, including providing technology to academics. The district was able to provide 7,106 Chromebooks to academics as well as mobile hotspots.

The Cedar Hill ISD Education Foundation (CHEF) donated $ 12,000 in school supplies for academics, and 1,800 people attended the back-to-school outdoor rally, led by CHISD’s family and community engagement office.

Hudson highlighted the district’s academic achievements, including $ 10.1 million in scholarships awarded to graduates of the 2021 class of CHISD. CHISD was selected as one of six Texas school districts for the Holdsworth Center Partnership. HEB founder Charles Butt created the five-year program.

The district has opened the Dr. Peggy M. Wilson STEM Center and will officially open it on October 26. The building honors a longtime scientist and First Woman of the Cedar Hill Council.

CHISD also recently dedicated the new JoLynn Maddox Teaching and Learning Center to the recognition of Maddox, which has worked for the district for over three decades, and the Lacy Enrollment Center, which honors the family who joined CHISD. 50 years ago.

Community accountability system

Hudson spoke about the importance of social / emotional learning (SEL) and equity.

“Before you educate the mind, you have to make sure that you are taking care of the person,” Hudson said. “The first part of equity is access. “

The second half of the program included a question-and-answer session with Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce executive director Randall Chase, who is also a parent of CHISD.

Chase asked Hudson about the Community Based Accountability System (CBAS), which develops systems for evidence of school learning, measures academic achievement, and has rigorous descriptive reports for parents and other stakeholders.

The district has worked diligently to align its goals with those of the CBAS.

Daniel E. Murphy